Carbonite has three different tiers of consumer pricing and each gives you unlimited backup for one computer (PC or Mac). Each subscription must be bought and paid for annually; there are no month-to-month options. You can save five percent with a two-year subscription and ten percent with a three-year subscription, although those savings seem pretty ho-hum for such a long commitment. Given that each plan grants you unlimited space to backup your hard drive, the obvious question is why pay for a Plus or Prime plan? Plus lets you backup your external hard drives, too, and as many as you want. It also adds automatic video backup. Prime adds courier recovery service, although at an additional cost of $100 a year over Carbonite Basic, it’s not really worth it given that you can still use the service for a $99 fee. Carbonite also has mobile apps for Android and iOS that can be used to access files backed up to the cloud. Carbonite Mobile also lets you backup photos you take on your mobile phone. No other phone data is protected.
Like Carbonite, Backblaze lets you backup unlimited data for one computer. However, it simplifies the buying process by offering just one price plan. Backblaze also gives you the option of paying for your subscription month-to-month or annually. A one-year subscription saves you $10, while a two-year subscription saves you $25. Both PC and Mac backup clients are available. While backup might be limited to one computer, you can backup all of your external hard drives for no extra cost with Backblaze. iOS and Android apps are available, but are for file access only; they can’t be used to backup any mobile files, even photos.
Offering ease of use and unlimited backup for one device, Carbonite is without a doubt one of Cloudwards.net’s favorite online backup providers. However, slow backup speeds are a big a concern. Read our full Carbonite review for the details.
Backblaze is Cloudwards.net’s top online backup provider thanks to its stellar ease of use and friendly pricing. That’s not to say it’s perfect, though, so read our full Backblaze review before you commit and make sure it’s the best option for you.